Shakedown Scheme

Cellini Sentencing Hearing Delayed AgainA federal judge agreed to delay the sentencing of a onetime Springfield powerbroker with ties to former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich for a second time Wednesday because of health issues.
Convicted Powerbroker William Cellini Suffers Heart AttackWilliam Cellini, the long-time Illinois powerbroker convicted of conspiring to shake down a Hollywood producer, has suffered a heart attack.
Blagojevich Pal Lon Monk Sentenced To Two Years In PrisonA longtime friend and former aide to Rod Blagojevich has been sentenced to two years in prison for his role in the corruption scandal that took down the former governor.
Power Broker Cellini Guilty On 2 CountsIllinois power broker and millionaire businessman William Cellini has been found guilty on two of four counts related to a conspiracy to squeeze the Oscar-winning producer of “Million Dollar Baby” for a campaign contribution.
Juror Replaced In Cellini Trial DeliberationsA federal judge has replaced a juror at the shakedown trial of a clout-heavy Illinois businessman and told the new jury to start deliberations from scratch.
Jurors Deliberate At Trial Of 'King Of Clout'Jurors began sorting Wednesday through three weeks of testimony against a longtime Illinois powerbroker in the last trial related to a nearly decade-long federal investigation of ousted Gov. Rod Blagojevich.
Cellini Trial Set To Go To JuryIn their final push to take down a well-connected Illinois millionaire, prosecutors focused on one sound Tuesday -- a laugh -- as they tried to convince jurors he was in on a scheme to extort campaign cash from a Hollywood producer for then-Gov. Rod Blagojevich.
Cellini Prosecutors Rest Shakedown CaseThe producer of "Million Dollar Baby" cursed at a clout-heavy businessman about what he believed was a scheme to extort him for a campaign donation, screaming over the phone that he'd never relinquish a dime to then-Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich, the Hollywood executive testified Thursday.
Former City Worker Pleads Guilty To Bribery SchemeA 51-year-old former city employee pleaded guilty on Friday to a shakedown scheme targeting store owners selling cigarettes without paying state taxes.
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